Reviewed by Physician Anita Pee and Dr Angelica L Dumapit on July 18, 2022
Yin And Yang: How Do They Work In TCM?
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Yin and Yang theory refers to the concept that we are all better off when we practice balance. Learn how this ancient Chinese philosophy can be applied to your life today.
Achieving a balance between Yin and Yang can help you restore and maintain total mind and body health. Doing so is not as hard as you may think.
In this guide, our Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) experts explain what Yin and Yang theory is. We’ll also discuss how you can apply balance to your daily life.
What is Yin and Yang Theory?
Yin and Yang theory is a Chinese philosophy and way of life that focuses on holistic, dynamic, and dialectical principles. It states that the union of each side creates equilibrium or balance.
When balance is achieved, it creates a natural and organic state of existence in which there are complementary forces. Under this philosophy, diseases are less likely to occur.
We asked TCM Physician Anita Pee to explain. She stated, “In the Yin and Yang theory, it is believed that everything in the universe exists as two opposing yet interdependent forces – Yin and Yang. They are two opposites of a whole that cannot exist without each other.”
What is Yin and Yang?
The term Yin represents feminine forces, including
Meanwhile, Yang refers to masculine forces. These include
As Physician Pee explains, “The original meaning of each term refers to two sides facing and opposing the sun. The side facing the sun is Yang while the side facing away from the sun is Yin.”
“This is later expanded to include everything that is “sunny or active” as Yang.
How to tell the difference between the two
We asked Physician Pee if there was an easy way to remember the difference between the two terms.
She stated, “An easier way to remember what is Yin and Yang is to picture a slope with one side facing the sun and the other facing away from the sun. The sunny side is Yang.”
How Is Yin and Yang Theory Used In TCM?
In TCM, the Yin
When Yin and Yang are in balance, the body is healthy. When one force dominates the other, pain and illness will arise. TCM uses this theory to diagnose patterns of disharmony and determine treatments to restore balance.
Tips For Creating Balance In The Body
According to Physician Pee, “Yin or Yang
Here are some other popular
For Yin Deficiency
- Nourish the Kidney and Lungs
- Relieve cough and Phlegm
- Improve respiratory function
- Enhance the body’s ability to resist diseases
- Relieve fatigue
- Delay aging
- Replenish physical strength
For Yang Deficiency
- Strengthening the loin and knees to relieve joint pain
- Warms cold limbs
- Reduces fatigue
- May alleviate dizziness and excessive sweating
If you’re interested in learning more, the best thing to do is consult with a TCM physician. He or she will examine you and determine your unique body
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